University Forum Lecture Series: The History of the Color Blue in Egypt


Feb. 13, 2017, 7:30pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location

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The College of Liberal Arts' University Forum lecture series presents Blue Notes: The History and Role of the Color Blue in Ancient Egypt a talk by Lorelei H. Corcoran, professor of Art History and director of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, The University of Memphis.

Of all the colors of the ancient Egyptians’ traditional six-color palette, blue is the most fascinating. Professor Corcoran, who recently identified the first artificially produced pigment in human history on an Egyptian bowl dated to more than 5,000 years ago, will explore the role of the color blue in Egyptian language, religion, and art and discuss how the ancient Egyptian belief in its magical ability to animate an object or an image resonates today with contemporary artists.


Image: Statuette of hippopotamus c. 2130-1990 BCE, Middle Kingdom ceramic


Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office

External Sponsor

College of Liberal Arts and co-sponsored by the College of Fine Arts